Hello, my dear, dear friends :) Gosh, how I've missed you! My eyes are finally well enough to cope with looking at a screen for longer than 30 seconds at a time, and my hand has healed up enough that I can type properly again, thank goodness!! (I hate eczema. *big sigh!*) So here I am :)
You lovely, lovely people, I can't thank you enough for your wonderful messages, emails, cards and so on. I've been touched beyond words by the number of people who've contacted me or enquired about me to make sure I'm OK. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to respond in person to each of you, though I hope to remedy that at some point - just please know that it's meant such a lot to me :) It's been so frustrating that while the stupid eczema was a relatively minor problem it was one that prevented me from communicating to you all that it was a relatively minor thing that had caused my disappearance.... So I'm really sorry that you've been concerned about me, I promise that there hasn't been anything major going on :)
I've been thinking about the best way to get back into a more regular blogging pattern again; I don't yet feel ready to hurtle straight back into the kind of posting I was doing before, though I may well work back up to that in time. And I have a lot of catching up to do, which feels a bit overwhelming to be honest so I've taken some time to figure out how to make sure I don't get overwhelmed!
I've been keeping up with taking my daily photos, so my plan is to have a Project 365 (from the end of last year)/Project 366 (from the start of this) post every few days, with several photos at a time; those daily shots will bring you all up to date with what's been happening in our loves since Christmas (I can't believe it's been so very long, aargh!!) I have new pets to introduce to you, for example, so look out for those as the Project 366 photos start to appear!
I also have some books to give away. I've been fortunate enough to have been chosen as one of the World Book Night givers, so look out for details of the title I'll be sharing nearer the time - World Book Night itself is 23rd April, so I'm giving you plenty of warning! Much sooner than that, I have a well overdue Pass The Book - Sian, I'm so sorry! I finished it before Christmas but thought I should wait till after the festive season to make sure as many people as possible had the chance to see the post and put their names down, and then the silly trouble started with my eyes.... But I'm hoping to Pass The Book within the next week, watch out for that post :)
Meanwhile, as I still have to ration my screen time somewhat, I'll have to keep my blog amnesty going a little longer, sadly :( I hope to be able to start visiting your blogs again over the next few days, but to make it manageable I won't be leaving any comments yet - though I do hope I'll be able to get back into that asap. I miss you and it doesn't feel the same when I read without commenting!
Finally (for now), I haven't forgotten about the Face Book Project, but the addresses of those of you who don't yet have the stamped images are safely stored on my computer so I haven't been able to access them.... That's high on my to-do list now, so if you're in the second wave of that project, expect an email and package of stamped faces very soon.
Once again, thank you all so, so much for your loving concern for me. I really can't put into words how heartwarming it's been to know how strong the bonds of blog friendship truly are. Thank you xx
* PS In case you haven't read the Discworld series, Granny Weatherwax would say - or rather, hold a sign saying - 'I Aten't Dead'. There is a reason but I won't go into detail here! Instead, I recommend you read the Discworld books, Terry Pratchett is a fine author :)
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